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Basketball Africa League Unveils Sahara Conference Rosters Ahead of Expanded 2022 Season

Each of the Sahara Conference’s six teams, which come from six African countries, will have up to 13 players, at least eight of whom are citizens of their respective team’s home country

Each team’s 13th roster spot is reserved for one of 12 prospects from NBA Academy Africa, an elite basketball training center in Saly, Senegal

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Six Sahara Conference Teams Feature 78 Players from 17 Countries Across Africa, Europe and the U.S.; 2022 BAL Season Opener Featured Senegal’s Dakar Université Club (DUC) Taking on Guinea’s Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (S.L.A.C) at the Dakar Arena on March 5th at 12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. GMT on Canal+, ESPNews and TSN; All 38 BAL Games Will Livestream on the NBA App, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL; Tickets for Sahara Conference Games and Fan Zone Experience in Dakar from March 5-15 On Sale Now at NBA.com/BAL .

The Basketball Africa League (BAL) has unveiled the rosters of the six teams that will compete in the league’s Sahara Conference group phase at the Dakar Arena in Senegal, which tipped off yesterday and runs through Tuesday, March 15. The six teams collectively feature 78 players from 17 countries across Africa, Europe and the U.S.

In the season opener, Senegal’s Dakar Université Club (DUC) took on Guinea’s Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (S.L.A.C) at 12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. GMT on Canal+, ESPNews and TSN in the first of 38 games taking place across three cities over the next three months.

Each of the Sahara Conference’s six teams, which come from six African countries, will have up to 13 players, at least eight of whom are citizens of their respective team’s home country and up to four of whom are from other countries, with no more than two players per team from outside of Africa. As part of the “BAL Elevate” program, each team’s 13th roster spot is reserved for one of 12 prospects from NBA Academy Africa, an elite basketball training center in Saly, Senegal for the top high-school age prospects from across Africa.

Eight players competing in the Sahara Conference group phase previously played in the NBA G League. Majok was drafted 58th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Team

Player

Country

Last G League Team

CFV (Mozambique)

Randy Ozoemena Onwuasur

Nigeria/USA

Salt Lake City Stars

DUC (Senegal)

Chadrack Lufile

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sioux Falls Skyforce

REG (Rwanda)

Anthony Rashad Walker

USA

Stockton Kings

S.L.A.C (Guinea)

Marcus Christopher Crawford

USA

Iowa Energy

S.L.A.C (Guinea)

Dane Anthony Miller Jr.

USA

Oklahoma City Blue

S.L.A.C (Guinea)

Jawachi Josh Nzeakor

Nigeria

Memphis Hustle

S.L.A.C (Guinea)

Christopher Ewaoche Obekpa

Nigeria

Santa Cruz Warriors

US Monastir (Tunisia)

Ater James Majok

Sudan

Los Angeles D-Fenders

The six teams feature nine former NCAA Division I players:

Team

Player

Country

Last College/University

AS Salé (Morocco)

Abdoulaye Harouna Amadou

Niger

Miami

AS Salé (Morocco)

Terrell De Von Stoglin

USA

Maryland

REG (Rwanda)

Javon Filer Adonis

Rwanda/USA

Florida Atlantic

REG (Rwanda)

Alex Olenga Mpoyo

Rwanda

Grambling State

REG (Rwanda)

Cleveland Thomas

USA

Western Kentucky

REG (Rwanda)

Anthony Rashad Walker

USA

Texas at Arlington

US Monastir (Tunisia)

Michael Andre Dixon

USA

Memphis

US Monastir (Tunisia)

Ater James Majok

Sudan

Connecticut

US Monastir (Tunisia)

Wassef Methnani

Tunisia

Fairfield

The Sahara Conference also features 11 players who previously participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program for top prospects from across the continent that has seen 10 former campers drafted into the NBA, including Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012) and Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011):

Team

Player

Country

BWB Experience

AS Salé (Morocco)

Badreddine Azouga

Morocco

BWB Africa 2012

AS Salé (Morocco)

Abdelmajid El Madini

Morocco

BWB Africa 2015

CFV (Mozambique)

Ermelino Orlando Novela

Mozambique

BWB Africa 2009

CFV (Mozambique)

Helton Sergio Jacinto Ubisse

Mozambique

BWB Africa 2012

DUC (Senegal)

Cheikh Bamba Diallo

Senegal

BWB Africa 2013

DUC (Senegal)

Thierno Niang

Senegal

BWB Africa 2008

S.L.A.C (Guinea)

Christopher Obekpa

Nigeria

BWB Africa 2009

US Monastir (Tunisia)

Firas Lahyani

Tunisia

BWB Africa 2009

US Monastir (Tunisia)

Oussama Marnaoui

Tunisia

BWB Africa 2016

US Monastir (Tunisia)

Wassef Methnani

Tunisia

BWB Africa 2015

US Monastir (Tunisia)

Mohamed Adam Rassil

Tunisia

BWB Africa 2016

AS Salé head coach Liz Mills (Australia) will make history when she leads the Moroccan champions at the BAL, becoming the first woman to coach a BAL team and first woman to coach a Moroccan men’s team. REG is led by head coach and former NBA player Robert Pack. During his 13-year NBA career,

Pack played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Hornets.

The 12 BAL teams, which include defending BAL Champion Zamalek (Egypt), have been divided into two conferences – the Sahara Conference and the Nile Conference. Each conference will play a 15- game group phase during which each team will face the five other teams in its conference once. The Sahara Conference group phase will take place at the Dakar Arena from March 5-15, while the Nile Conference group phase will take place at Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo, Egypt from April 9-19. The top four teams from each conference will qualify for the BAL Playoffs, which will feature a single-elimination tournament and Finals at Kigali Arena in Rwanda from May 21-28.

Rosters for Nile Conference teams will be announced at a later date.

View Official Basketball Africa League Rosters (BAL.NBA.com/teams) (Credit: BAL)

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*Rosters are subject to change

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Contact:
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Basketball Africa League
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About the BAL:
The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the NBA, is a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa. The BAL, which is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA Regional Office Africa has organized in Africa and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America. Fans can follow the BAL @theBAL on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and register their interest in receiving more information at www.theBAL.com.